Cross Country History
The Kansas State Cross Country team ran its first season as a men’s team in 1928. They finished 5th in the Big Six Conference Championships. K-State added the women’s team in 1975 where they finished 2nd in the Big Eight Championships. Since then the Wildcats have seen top placings among both Big 12 meets and NCAA competition.
The 2006 season was highlighted by the accolades of senior Christian Smith. During the indoor season, Smith won the NCAA mile title, set the collegiate record in the 1000m run, and captured his third consecutive Big 12 title in the 1000m run. During the outdoor season, Smith won his first Big 12 outdoor title in the 800m run and earned his first NCAA outdoor All-American certificate.
Michael Smith is enters his 13th year as a member of the coaching staff at K-State and his third year at the helm of the men’s and women’s cross country teams in 2006. During Smith’s tenure the Wildcats have won three women’s championships in the Big 12 Conference, earned their highest ever women’s NCAA team finish in cross country (5th) and numerous top 10 NCAA finishes in men’s and women’s track and field.